2017 Neighborhood Board candidate filing period opens
News Release from City and County of Honolulu, Dec 1, 2016
Honolulu - Beginning December 1, 2016, O‘ahu residents can file to run for a seat on their neighborhood board by applying online at www2.honolulu.gov/nbe, or completing and submitting a candidate registration form. The printed form is available at the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO) at Kapālama Hale, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 160 and the Department of Customer Services Public Information Center at the Mission Memorial Building, at 550 South King Street.
Candidacy is open to O‘ahu residents who will be at least 18 years of age by February 17, 2017. The deadline to apply as a candidate is February 17, 2017. Mailed forms must be postmarked by the deadline date and received by February 24, 2017.
Voting begins on April 28, 2017, and ends on May 17, 2017. Elected board members serve a two year term, starting on July 1, 2017. Voters will elect 437 neighborhood board representatives to serve on the 33 neighborhood boards.
Voting in the Neighborhood Board Elections
O‘ahu residents who have voted in the 2016 primary or general elections are automatically registered to vote in the 2017 Neighborhood Board Elections.
Other residents, including military personnel and family members, legal resident aliens, and students, who will be at least 18 years of age by February 17, 2017, may register to vote in the Neighborhood Board elections by submitting a neighborhood board voter registration form.
The form is available online at www.honolulu.gov/nco and at the Neighborhood Commission Office at Kapālama Hale. The deadline to submit the voter registration form is February 17, 2017. Mailed forms must be postmarked by the deadline date and received by February 24, 2017.
The mission of the Neighborhood Board System is to increase and assure effective citizen participation in the decisions of government. O‘ahu’s Neighborhood Board System is the only government sponsored civic engagement system in the State of Hawai‘i. While they are advisory, board activities may include study and review of capital improvement projects and zoning concerns. They may also conduct educational programs on governmental decision making processes and establish community goals, objectives, and priorities.
More information about the election and neighborhood boards can be found on the NCO website at www.honolulu.gov/nco.
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2017 Neighborhood Board Election F.A.Q.s
From Honolulu NCO, November 23, 2016
Who can be a candidate for a Neighborhood Board?
Any Oahu resident who will be at least 18 years of age by February 17, 2017 can be a candidate, including military personnel, military family members, and legal resident aliens.
How do I become a candidate?
Starting December 1, 2016, candidates may register online or submit a Candidate Declaration Form to the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO). This form is available at the NCO or by calling 768-3781.
The form must be hand delivered to the NCO or postmarked by February 17, 2017. Assistance is also available by calling 768-3781.
Who can vote?
Any Oahu resident who will be at least 18 years of age by February 17, 2017 can become a registered voter, including military personnel, military family members, and legal resident aliens.
How do I register to vote?
If you voted in the 2016 State elections, you are automatically eligible to vote in the 2017 Neighborhood Board elections. If you are not registered for the State elections, learn how here: State Voter Registration
If you did not vote in the 2016 State election, you can register for the 2017 Neighborhood Board elections by submitting a NB Voter Registration Form to the Neighborhood Commission Office (NCO).
These forms will be available for download starting December 1, 2016 website at http://www.honolulu.gov/nco and are also available at the NCO.
All forms must be hand delivered to the NCO or postmarked by February 17, 2017. Assistance is also available by calling 768-3781.
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How do I find out what Board area I live in?
There is a street index posted online at www.honolulu.gov/nco.
Assistance is also available by calling 768-3781.
When will the Board elections take place?
The election is slated to begin April 28, 2017 and end May 19, 2017.
When will the results be announced?
The results are released no later than 7 days following the end of voting.
How often do Neighborhood Boards get elected?
Neighborhood Boards are elected every two years, in odd numbered years.
Why doesn’t NCO hold elections in conjunction with the State elections?
The State has opined that the neighborhood board elections may not be permitted into the state's polling places during the conduct of state or county elections.